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Highland Park NJ mayor cruises in Democratic primary

Jun 07, 2023

Highland Park Mayor Elsie Foster appears on her way to being elected to a full term after winning Tuesday's Democratic primary.

Foster, who became mayor earlier this year, received an unofficial 1,269 votes, according to Middlesex County. Her challenger, Monique Coleman, received an unofficial 707 votes.

No Republicans or independents have filed to run for mayor so Foster will run unopposed in November.

Foster, a longtime borough official, had the backing of the Middlesex County Democratic Organization, while Coleman, who has sought public office on two occasions in recent years, ran under the Highland Park Democratic Party banner.

Foster, who served on the Borough Council since 2000, was named acting mayor earlier this year following the Dec. 31, 2022, resignation of Gayle Brill Mittler. Foster was elected mayor in late January by the Council and will serve until the end of the year.

Coleman previously ran for mayor in the 2019 Democratic primary against Brill Mittler.

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Foster's Democratic Borough Council running mates ran unopposed in Tuesday's primary. Councilman Matthew Hersh received an unofficial 1,617 votes and Councilman Jason Postelnik received, 1,611 votes. They will also run unopposed in November because no independents have filed to run.

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